American Express: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: American Express offers grants to music organizations around the world.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder awards both project specific and general operating support grants. Its music-related grantmaking is not as prevalent as its other areas of interest.

PROFILE: Global financial services company American Express conducts its philanthropic work through the American Express Corporate Social Responsibility program. With the overall aim of “[s]upporting communities in ways that enhance the company’s reputation with employees, customers, business partners and other stakeholders,” the program awards grants to “[v]isionary nonprofit organizations” through three major program areas: Leadership, Historic Preservation, and Community Service.

American Express grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $1.5 million. However, most grants typically range between $10,000 to $100,000. Past grantees include organizations such as OPERA America and the Japan Philharmonic Association. To learn more about American Express grantees, explore its most recent grants list.

American Express accepts unsolicited grant applications from eligible organizations on a rolling basis. While it awards grants to organizations located across the United States, it prioritizes grantmaking to the following U.S. and global locations.


  • Timothy J. McClimon, President

  • Mike O’Neil, Chairman

  • Kenneth Chenault, Trustee

  • Edward Gilligan, Trustee